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Now you can spend the night in the former home of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Literature lovers can now spend a night in the former home of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Fitzgerald home in Montgomery, Alabama. Image by Fitzgerald Museum

The family home is the site of the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum and the organization has spent the last year furnishing and preparing a two-bedroom apartment in the home to use for a new writer’s residency and a rental space for the public. The home is the only museum dedicated to the pair in the world and now a portion can be booked on Airbnb.

Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald were celebrities in the Jazz Age of the 1920s. He became famous for his novels like the Great Gatsby while Zelda was a socialite, painter, writer, and dancer. Together they were known for their tumultuous relationship. Zelda was a native of Montgomery and met Fitzgerald when he was stationed nearby in 1918. The pair lived in the home from 1931 until 1931, and according to the museum, each wrote portions of their novels (Save me the Waltz for Zelda and Tender is the Night for Fitzgerald) during their time there.

Zelda Sayre and F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Sayre home in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919. The following year Scott and Zelda would marry. Image by Bettmann/Getty Images

After they moved out, the home was later split into four separate apartments. The two-bedroom portion that can now be rented features a full kitchen and bathroom. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed and the second bedroom has two twin beds. There’s also a living room, dining room and sun porch, all of which provide views of a magnolia tree on the front lawn. Those who rent the apartment will also get a complimentary tour of the museum, which is located downstairs.

The home will also place visitors in one of Montgomery’s oldest neighbourhoods. Guests will also get to explore other local connections to the Fitzgeralds. Zelda grew up a neighbourhood over in Cottage Hill, and while the couple said they met at the Montgomery Country Club, according to the museum: “local old-timers claim that they really met in the basement of Winter Place, a Cottage Hill mansion well-known for its risqué parties—there’s even a rumoured bootleggers’ tunnel connecting the mansion to the river.”

To make a booking, email thefitzgeraldmuseum@gmail.com or book directly with Airbnb. The two-bedroom apartment starts from about $150 (£110) per night, based on a stay in May 2018.